The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo is an outlet mall in downtown Laredo, Texas. It was originally a regional 385000sqft indoor mall located in the north Rio Grande bank in downtown Laredo, Texas. River Drive Mall was Laredo's main mall from 1970 to the mid 1980s. It is set to be demolished in 2014. It will be replaced by a new multi-story open-air outlet center to be named The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo set to be opened in 2015.HistoryThe River Drive Mall was built in 1970 making it the first indoor mall in Laredo, followed by Mall del Norte constructed in 1977. The mall was succeeded by Mall Del Norte in the late 1980s as the main mall in the city. Major anchors located at the mall were Frost Bros., JCPenney, and Weiner's. River Drive Mall closed its doors in 2003 due to high vacancy rate.El Portal Center projectMorgan Stern Realty bought the property in 2003, renamed it El Portal Center and started renovating it until 2005. It had been planned for Morgan Stern Realty to turn "El Portal Center" into an indoor outlet mall. Their main emphasis would have been outlets stores, restaurants, and entertainment. In 2006, a spokesman for Morgan Stern Realty stated, "Our progress has been impeded primarily on the barrage of negative, national news coverage of Laredo that has depicted the violence in Nuevo Laredo as spilling over to Laredo, while unfair and inaccurate, has nonetheless caused a delay in our factory outlet leasing program." El Portal Center project was never completed and the mall never reopened.